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Taco John's® Turns Up The Heat With New Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® Burrito »

April 24, 2014 at 11:24AM PDT | Source: Taco Johns

April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Taco John's® is teaming up with PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division for its latest menu item. The Mexican fast food chain is launching the Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® Burrito this week as a limited time offer.
"Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® are extremely popular, and they offer a great, distinctive flavor. We decided the snack would be the perfect accent to our new spicy burrito," said Bob Karisny, Vice President for Menu Strategy and Innovation at Taco John's. "We couldn't be happier with the combination. We think the Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® Burrito will perform very well."
The burrito combines spicy chorizo sausage, jalapeno slices, bold nacho cheese and chile de arbol salsa with the crunch of Flamin' Hot® Cheetos® snacks all inside a fiery tortilla...

Wingstop Hosts 'Take 5' Event In Racine With Free Wings »

April 24, 2014 at 11:14AM PDT | Source: Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
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'The Wing Experts' to Celebrate Recent Opening with Five Free Wings for Every Customer
April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Wingstop celebrates the grand opening of its newest locations in Racine on Saturday, April 26 with a special offer that wing fans won't be able to refuse.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests are invited to "Take 5" and receive five free classic or boneless wings, sauced-and-tossed in their choice of any one of the Wingstop signature flavors. The offer is available – no purchase necessary – while supplies last at Wingstop of Racine located at the Village of Mount Pleasantat 5400 Washington Ave.
"We are excited to welcome the Racine area residents to taste our delicious wings served at Wingstop," said Brand Partner Lita Smith...

Wyndham Worldwide Reports First Quarter 2014 Earnings »

April 24, 2014 at 10:40AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Adjusted Diluted EPS Growth of 10%
Raises Full Year EPS Guidance
PARSIPPANY, N.J. - April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN) today announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2014.
First Quarter Highlights:

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.78, an increase of 10% from adjusted diluted EPS of $0.71 in the first quarter of 2013.  Reported diluted EPS was $0.69, compared with $0.19 in the first quarter of 2013.
Domestic RevPAR up 7.6%.
Net Vacation Ownership Interest sales up 15%.
The Company repurchased 2.1 million shares of its common stock for $150 million.  

"We are off to a great start in 2014," said Stephen P...

Powerhouse Franchise Group Launches Six Weekly Podcast Series »

April 24, 2014 at 10:28AM PDT | Source: Franchise Source Brands International

Initial Educational Podcasts Presented by AdviCoach, Expense Reduction Coaching, Business Partner Marketing Coach, ZorSource and The Entrepreneur's Source
SOUTHBURY, Conn. - April 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Franchise Source Brands International™ (FSBI), a multi-brand business coaching franchisor with several high-performance brands under its helm, is launching six weekly, educational podcast series over the next year. Featured on BlogTalkRadio.com, the shows will be hosted by company executives and will include industry experts, leaders and coaches as guests.
The initial podcasts recently debuted with the following series hosted by Paul Segreto, CEO of Franchise Source Brands International:

"What Keeps You Up at Night," powered by AdviCoach®, Expense Reduction Coaching® and Business Partner Marketing Coach®: Geared toward small business owners, "What Keeps You Up At Night" explores various topics impacting today's self-sufficient professionals and strategies to overcome them...

American Genre Film Archive Launches New Fundraising Campaign To Save Endangered 35mm Film Prints »

April 24, 2014 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Starting With "The Astrologer"; Filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson Announced as New AGFA Advisory Board Members
April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Austin, TX - The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) announces a new initiative to help preserve and share the rarest of its vast collection of 35mm film prints. The non-profit archive - which counts among its advisory board members filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson - has launched a fundraising campaign via Indiegogo that will help support a mission to complete high resolution digital transfers of its endangered titles - film prints too rare and fragile to be loaned.
"By any means necessary, we need to watch movies on film, because that's why God created cinema," says AGFA advisory board member Nicolas Winding Refn...

Diversified Restaurant Holdings Relocates Sterling Heights Michigan Restaurant, Unveiling First Stadia Design In State »

April 24, 2014 at 9:58AM PDT | Source: Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - April 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BAGR) ("DRH" or the "Company"), the creator, developer and operator of the unique, full-service, ultra-casual restaurant and bar Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern® ("Bagger Dave's") and one of the largest franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings® ("BWW"), recently unveiled the latest BWW restaurant located in Sterling Heights, MI. The new restaurant is a relocation of a nearby BWW restaurant, which first opened in 1999, and was the first BWW to be opened as part of the DRH portfolio, which has now grown to 36 BWW restaurants in total. The new restaurant also marks the first BWW restaurant in the state to feature the new "Stadia" design, aimed at bringing the feel of a stadium to the dining experience...

Extra Innings Growth Trend Continues In New Jersey! »

April 24, 2014 at 9:46AM PDT | Source: Extra Innings

April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Middleton, MA – Extra Innings, America’s premier indoor baseball and softball training center, is once again bringing its expertise to ball players in New Jersey. The Middleton, Massachusetts based Extra Innings Franchise Company is proud to announce the signing of a new franchise for the Mount Laurel, NJ area and new franchisee Kyle Morris. Mr. Morris will join the Extra Innings Hanover location in growing the Extra Innings brand in the Garden State. Players and coaches alike are very excited about the opportunity to work out in the state of the art facility with professional instructors from around the area.
This newest Extra Innings is scheduled to open during the summer/fall of 2014 and joins training centers in MA, AZ, AR and FL as well as Locker Rooms in NH and RI as part of the recent growth of the Extra Innings Franchise system in the past year...

Tim Hortons Launches New LED Lighting Program »

April 24, 2014 at 9:31AM PDT | Source: Tim Hortons

Aims to Reduce Energy Consumption in North American Restaurants
April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Oakville, ON - As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability and promoting green building practices in its more than 4,400 restaurants, this Earth Day, Tim Hortons is announcing a new initiative to replace all existing lighting fixtures in restaurants across Canada and the United States with energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lighting from Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA). The conversion program will see 485 restaurants outfitted with LED lighting in 2014 alone, translating to an estimated 6.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in energy savings.
In partnership with Philips, the global leader in lighting, all newly-built and renovated Tim Hortons restaurants will have their existing fluorescent and halogen lights replaced with energy-efficient Philips LED fixtures, which use up to 40 per cent less energy than fluorescent bulbs while providing soft, balanced direct and reflected light for a minimum of 50,000 hours...

First-Time Franchisee Assumes San Mateo County, Calif., Valpak Office »

April 24, 2014 at 9:17AM PDT | Source: Valpak
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Local Entrepreneur Brings Savings to Businesses and Residents in Bay Area
April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // LARGO, FL - Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced today that Kevin Oh has acquired the Valpak of San Mateo County, Calif., territory. Oh brings years of experience in the technology industry to Valpak. With this territory, Valpak’s signature blue envelope® will now mail to nearly 200,000 households in the San Francisco’s Bay Area.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Valpak team," said Kevin Oh, Valpak of San Mateo County franchisee. "As a first-time franchisee, I am eager to use my business management background and years of high-tech experience to bring savings to businesses and residents throughout the Bay Area...

Get Ready, St. Louis: The Pie Five Revolution Is Coming »

April 24, 2014 at 8:50AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

Nation's Leading Fast-Casual Pizza Chain to Open First Area Location This Fall
ST. LOUIS - April 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Your own perfect personal pizza. Using only the freshest ingredients. Baked to order. At one low price. All in less than five minutes.
Sound too good to be true? It won't be for pizza lovers in the St. Louis area, once Pie Five Pizza opens its first local restaurant this fall.
Franchise co-owner Jamey Tasker said he and his partners at TFPie Group LLC plan to open the first of up to 20 Pie Five franchise units in the St. Louis area in the October time frame. The group, comprised of experienced restaurateurs, logistics experts and seasoned operators, spent roughly a year searching for the right opportunity and finally found it when Tasker walked into a Pie Five restaurant in Allen, Texas...

Local Entrepreneurs Sign On As First-Time Pearle Vision Licensees »

April 24, 2014 at 8:42AM PDT | Source: Pearle Vision

Community Opticians Assume Ownership of Pearle Vision in Columbia, Tenn.
MASON, Ohio, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pearle Vision, one of North America's largest and most trusted licensed optical brands, is proud to announce it has signed an agreement with two local entrepreneurs to assume ownership of the location in Columbia, Tenn. Tony and Donna Schlemmer now own and operate the Pearle Vision neighborhood eye care center at 1301 Trotwood Avenue in Columbia. The center was formally a corporate-owned location and has served thousands of customers since 1990.
"My wife and I are excited to be owners of our first center in Columbia," said Tony Schlemmer. "We look forward to applying our vast experience in the optometry industry to serve Columbia residents as a trusted source for all of their eye care needs...

Carvel Kicks Off 80th Anniversary Celebrations With May 1 Free Cone Day »

April 24, 2014 at 8:38AM PDT | Source: Carvel

Guests Can Enjoy Free Soft-Serve at Carvel Ice Cream Shoppes, Help Raise Money for American Red Cross
ATLANTA, GA - (Marketwired - Apr 24, 2014) - Carvel ... America's Freshest Ice Cream®, is launching its summer-long 80th anniversary celebration with Free Cone Day Thursday, May 1 from 3-8 p.m. Participating Carvel® shoppes will treat guests to a free junior cone filled with their choice of freshly made vanilla, chocolate or their all-new salted caramel soft-serve ice cream.
In addition to enjoying free ice cream, guests can support a good cause on Free Cone Day. Throughout the day, Carvel will offer a $2 coupon book worth more than $20 in savings. 100 percent of all proceeds from sales of the coupon books will go towards a $30,000 donation to the American Red Cross® to support Disaster Relief...

Easyhome Ltd. Announces Timing Of First Quarter 2014 Conference Call And Webcast »

April 24, 2014 at 8:33AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - April 24, 2014) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, will hold a conference call with shareholders, analysts and portfolio managers on Thursday, May 8, 2014. A Press Release will be issued after the market closes on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.



 
 
 


Date:
 
Thursday, May 8, 2014


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11:00am EST


Dial-in:
 
toll-free: 416-340-2217 or 1-866-696-5910


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3110517- please dial in the passcode, followed by # to enter the call...

Hyatt Regency Earns PTPA Winner’s Seal Of Approval »

April 24, 2014 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

The Brand Receives PTPA Media Inc.'s First Hotel Brand Endorsement for its Family-Friendly Resort Experiences
CHICAGO - April 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and PTPA Media Inc. announced that the Hyatt Regency® brand has been awarded the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Winner's Seal of Approval. Although there were many entries competing to earn the PTPA™ Seal, the Hyatt Regency brand ultimately received PTPA Media Inc.'s first hotel brand recognition for its resort experiences – recognized for family-friendly activities appealing to a range of age groups, excellent value, spacious guest rooms and more.
PTPA Media Inc. has North America's largest volunteer parent testing community with more than 65,000 parents and was rated the Most Trusted Seal by more than 22,000 parents across North America...

Costa Vida Appoints Terry Jennings As Director Of Franchise Development »

April 24, 2014 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Costa Vida Restaurants

Fresh Mexican Franchise Grows Corporate Team with Industry Veteran
April 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lehi, Utah – With over 60 restaurant locations spread across the US and several new markets opening this year, Costa Vida is riding a high tide of company growth. To augment that growth, Costa Vida welcomes a seasoned veteran to the management team, Terry Jennings, as the new Director of Franchise Development.
Bringing with him decades of experience in every facet of Franchising and Operations in the restaurant industry, Jennings' role will focus on strategic growth in existing markets and select development of new territories for Costa Vida. Primary objectives include, recruiting the very best restaurant operators to be part of the Costa Vida family, strategically targeting growth markets across the US, and increasing average unit sales by positioning new locations in the strongest retail space possible...

Local Entrepreneurs Expand Business With Second Pearle Vision Location »

April 24, 2014 at 8:14AM PDT | Source: Pearle Vision

Jana Stark Continues to Serve Community in Hollywood, Fla. 
MASON, Ohio - April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pearle Vision, one of North America's largest and most trusted licensed optical brands, announced it has signed an agreement with a father and daughter team to assume ownership of the Pearle Vision location in Hollywood, Fla. Jana Stark, along with her father Alex Pyasky, now own and operate the Pearle Vision neighborhood eye care center at 2914 Oakwood Boulevard. The center was formerly a corporate-owned location and has served customers for more than 20 years.
Stark and her father have been in business with Pearle Vision for more than 10 years as licensees of an eye care center located in Aventura, Fla. Stark was first introduced to the brand by a family friend who is a long-time licensee in Texas...

Dunkin' Brands Reports First Quarter 2014 Results »

April 24, 2014 at 7:45AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

CANTON, Mass., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
First quarter highlights include:

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 1.2%
Added 96 net new restaurants worldwide including 69 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S.
Revenue increased 6.2%
Adjusted operating income increased 7.0%; adjusted operating income margin of 44.0%
Diluted adjusted EPS increased 13.8% to $0.33
Board of Directors declares $0.23 second quarter dividend

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today reported results for the first quarter ended March 29, 2014.
"We had a difficult first quarter with our comparable store sales growth in the U...

Tim Hortons Becomes New Title Sponsor Of Softball Canada's Learn To Play Program »

April 24, 2014 at 7:27AM PDT | Source: Tim Hortons

Ottawa, ON - April 22, 2014 - Softball Canada is extremely pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with Tim Hortons as the new title sponsor of the Tim Hortons Learn to Play Program. Under the terms of the new four-year agreement, Tim Hortons will help Softball Canada grow the program throughout the country.
"Our Learn to Play Program is an exceptional program to give young athletes their first experience with the sport of softball in a relaxed and fun-filled environment" said Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn. "The program's manual allows first time coaches and educators to feel comfortable they have the tools needed to teach young athletes about our sport. We would like to thank Tim Hortons for their assistance as the title sponsor of this fantastic program and we look forward to working with them to help increase participation at the grassroots level...

Famous Dave's Reports Results For First Quarter Fiscal 2014 »

April 24, 2014 at 7:23AM PDT | Source: Famous Dave's

Income from Operations Grew 199%Restaurant Level Cash Flow Margins increased 100 basis pointsNet Income per Share increased 600%Adjusted EBITDA improved 73%
MINNEAPOLIS, April 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today reported financial results for the first quarter ending March 30, 2014.
Key items for the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the first quarter of 2013 include:

Revenue was $35.7 million for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $36.6 million for the first quarter of 2013;
Comparable restaurant sales for Company-owned restaurants open 24 months or more decreased 4.9% compared to a decrease of 1.8% for the first quarter of 2013;
Comparable restaurant sales for franchise-operated restaurants decreased 3...

Brinker International Reports Increases In Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 EPS And Comparable Restaurant Sales »

April 24, 2014 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: Brinker International

DALLAS - April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the fiscal third quarter ended March 26, 2014.
Highlights include the following:

Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 16.7 percent to $0.84 compared to $0.72 for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)
On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased 15.5 percent to $0.82 compared to $0.71 for the third quarter of fiscal 2013
Company sales increased 2.0 percent to $739.2 million and restaurant operating margin1 improved approximately 80 basis points to 18.7 percent compared to 17.9 percent for the third quarter of fiscal 2013
Brinker International comparable restaurant sales at company-owned restaurants increased 0...



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